Srinagar: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on India Friday passed an order allowing passive euthanasia in the country.
The apex court, recognising “living will” made by terminally-ill patients who are likely to go into a permanent vegetative state, laid down guidelines for the same, including who would execute the will and how nod for passive euthanasia would be granted by the medical board, the Indian Express reported.
As per the report a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said that the guidelines will be in force till legislation on the same is passed.
The Supreme Court said that a person can make an advance “living will” authorising the withdrawal of all life support system if in the opinion of doctor he has reached an irreversible stage of terminal illness.
Recognising “right to die with dignity”, the court permitted a person to draft in advance a “living will” in case she/he slips into an incurable condition.
The court said the life support can be removed only after the statutory medical board declares patient to be incurable.